Minecraft is creeping its way into all corners of popular culture, and it is now even the subject of a gag on one of television’s longest-running shows.
The Simpsons, Fox’s popular animated sitcom, referenced developer Mojang’s game in an opening sequence that re-created the show’s characters and world with big, digital blocks. Fans of The Simpsons know that each episode begins with an opening credit sequence that features different sight gags and ends with the family gathering on their family room couch. This time, the show had Homer, Bart, and the rest running through a pixellated version of Springfield before getting blown up on their sofa by Moe, who the show made into one of Minecraft’s green enemy “creepers.”
Check it out in the video below:
Minecraft creator Markus “Notch” Persson found out about The Simpsons goof last night, and he seems shocked.
“The Simpsons did a Minecraft couch gag,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m not sure how I feel about it.”
Minecraft is one of the world’s biggest games. It has players surviving in a low-fi open-world by cutting down trees to build shelters and tools. The title is especially popular with children, and Mojang has sold more than 35 million copies of Minecraft across PC, console, and mobile devices.
Most recently, Mojang worked with developer 4J Studios to port the game to PlayStation 3. Versions for PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One are in the works and will hit those platforms later this year.
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